State AG Races Experience a ‘Trump Bump’ in Donations

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Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring and others who have made legal challenges of President Trump’s agenda are drawing record campaign contributions, reports Reuters. Herring joined with attorneys general in other states to challenge Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from six predominately Muslim countries and to defend former President Obama’s plan to slash carbon emissions. Republican attorneys general regularly sued the Obama administration over immigration and the environment. Now Democrats are using the same playbook to challenge Trump’s initiatives.

Donors from both parties have taken notice and are pouring money into upcoming attorneys general campaigns. Herring reported raising about $2.8 million through the end of June–triple the donations he had at this point during his campaign four years ago. Herring’s Republican challenger this November, John Adams, has also done well. A corporate defense lawyer who worked in George W. Bush’s White House, Adams has raised about $1.5 million, a quarter more more than the Republican candidate in Virginia had at this point in 2013. The national fundraising arm for Republican attorneys general announced raising a record $7.4 million in the first six months of 2017, 45 percent more than at this point during the 2015 election cycle. Its Democratic counterpart raised about $3.1 million between January and June, 73 percent more than in the first half of 2015.

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